2nd Annual Overdose Awareness Day Held in Rockford

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Winnebago County Coroner says the Stateline's drug overdose problem isn't improving. Many people are still dying after abusing serious drugs and now a group is hoping to spread a message of change.

The advocacy group "Hope Over Addiction" held their 2nd Annual "Overdose Awareness Day" event at the Rockford YMCA along the Rock River.

Dozens of people gathered to share stories of loved ones they've lost either to cocaine, heroin, or other serious drug abuse.

Bonnie Falzone-Capriola, Hope Over Addiction Co-Founder,
says they want families suffering to know they're not alone and help addicts so they join the growing number of overdose victims.

"There's a lot of stigma with drug addiction and drug use. Overdose deaths carry a lot of that pain of that stigma with the loved ones that are left behind so we find comfort in each other," Falzone-Capriola said.

In the past three years, drug overdoses in Winnebago County have nearly doubled. Heroin especially becoming a big problem not only here locally but nationally.

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